WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA) – Discussing International Day of Charity, the misconceptions perceived on what charity is, and what the Bible teaches is the true picture of charity – involving not just giving, but sacrifice.
And now abides faith, hope, charity, these three;
but the greatest of these is charity.
September 5 was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 to be observed as the International Day of Charity. The date was selected to coincide with the anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death on September 5, 1997. The native of Macedonia spent most of her adult life working in the slums of Calcutta, India, loving and caring for destitute people for whom no one else evidenced concern.
What Charity Is Not
The concept of charity has become so watered down that we generally think of “char𝗂ty” as an organization that provides necessities of life to people who are suffering from perpetual poverty or trying to survive in the wake of a disaster.
While not entirely wrong, neither is the concept of an organized institution altogether correct. In fact, thinking of char𝗂ty in this context can lull people into a lazy paradigm that leaves charitable work up to an “institutional other” to which they donate goods or funds as a way to “do our part.” Char𝗂ty may then be perceived as a person or a group with their hand out seeking donations for their cause.
The thought process is based on determining what we own that we are willing to give to help. We are careful to account for what we offer because we mistakenly believe it to be ours.
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